Friday, February 11, 2011

Restaurant Review: Kome Restaurant

Name: Kome Restaurant
2880 Center Valley Pkwy # 610
Center Valley, PA 18034-9046
(610) 798-9888
Open Mon-Thu 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-10pm; Fri 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Sat 12pm-11pm; Sun 12pm-10pm
Atmosphere: Like Melt, Kome is very chic and trendy. As you walk in the door you immediately see a large bar with simple white couches and chairs around cocktail tables, as well as bar stools. It is separated from the restaurant by a half-wall and a curtain, it appears almost club-like when you walk in to Kome. To the left are the larger hibachi-style tables and to the right is the regular dining room. Dark hardwood floors cover the place and large wooden hibachi tables and regular dining tables are sprawled throughout. There are around 6 hibachi tables in the restaurant, each holding around 15 people. The traditional dinning room is two stories. The bottom level is filled with booths and freestanding tables while the top level overlooks the main dining room and is typically used for larger parties. In the back of the dining room is an open view into the kitchen and sushi bar. The decoration is minimalist, the lighting dim, and the space large.
 Service: Service at Kome is decent. Quite often I find myself waiting for up to 45 minutes for a simple sushi roll. The staff is always polite and willing to provide you with whatever you please; however, in a sluggish manner. Our waitress last night had trouble speaking English; however it did not cause any major problems.
 Food: After trying both hibachi and traditional sushi from Kome, I was pleased! You will definitely not leave hungry if you choose to do hibachi-style.  Your meal will include either soup or salad, white or fried rice, shrimp, noodles, vegetables and whatever protein you choose. The available main attractions are chicken, salmon, shrimp, N.Y. strip steak, fillet mignon, scallops, calamari and lobster. Vegetarians can choose just vegetables; there was no information on tofu as an option. The hibachi-style food is all cooked right in front of you by one of Kome’s chefs and served piping hot. I had steak and shrimp and both were great. The meat was tender and the shrimp was flavorful. My only complaint with hibachi is you end up with a lot of leftovers…
 Regular dining offers a different selection of foods. The menu includes appetizers, salads, soups, noodle dishes, entrees, and sushi and sashimi. Appetizers at Kome range from tuna carpaccio to edamame to calamari to gyoza (dumplings). Soups and salads include miso soup, spicy seafood soup, seaweed salad and Asian pear salad. Some of the entrees on the menu are roasted halibut, char grilled chicken breast, cast iron dry aged steak and surf and turf. Specialty rolls at Kome include the shrimp berry roll, Godzilla roll, passion lobster roll and some of the traditional rolls include the California roll, spicy tuna roll, Philadelphia roll and rainbow roll.
I ordered the edamame and tuna, salmon and yellowtail sashimi. The fish is always very fresh, tender and never fishy. I was very happy with both of my choices.
Pricing: You will be paying what seems like more for hibachi-style dining at Kome than if you choose traditional dining; however, salad or soup, noodles, shrimp and rice are all included. Depending on which protein you choose for your meal, prices range from $18 to $34 with chicken being on the lower price end and lobster on the high end. For traditional dining,
appetizers range from $9 to $15 depending on your choice while entrees cost around $16 to $30. Specialty rolls at Kome start at $12 and go upwards towards $16 while traditional rolls and vegetable rolls cost only $5 to $11. Overall, for the quality of fish and meat your given at Kome, the prices are very reasonable.
I would recommend Kome to both sushi-lovers and non-sushi lovers. There is something for everyone and the prices aren’t too bad on the wallet. The atmosphere lends itself to a special occasion or a quick casual dinner with friends.

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